Help Build a Kingston Lobster Boat!

$1,000 of $30k goal

Raised by 18 people in 4 months
Karen Vale-Vasilev
on behalf of Pine duBois
 KINGSTON, MA
We are the Mass Bay Maritime Artisans, a volunteer boat-building team at the Jones River Landing Environmental Heritage Center -- the longest continuously operating boat yard in the U.S.!

We want to recreate a historic Kingston Lobster Boat in order to educate the local community about its maritime past, inshore waterways, and the importance of an active stewardship of the marine environment for future generations.

We have built up a strong and experienced group of volunteers who will be building the Kingston Lobster Boat. Consistent with the mission of the Jones River Landing, we will reach out to our community, offering classes in aspects of boat building as the project progresses.

The Kingston Lobster boat was a sailing, rowing and racing watercraft designed, built and used in the waters around Kingston, Duxbury and Plymouth, Massachusetts in the latter half of the 19th century. Boat builders and America Cup Champions Edward Ransom and Nathaniel Watson, working in shops near each other on the Jones River in Kingston, Massachusetts developed the model about 1880, each improving on the work of the other.

We will build the first Kingston Lobster Boat on the Jones River, the site of its origination, since the early 1900’s!

In the 1880’s, a Kingston boat cost about $250 complete – the world has changed since that time. Our costs will be higher. Funds raised will be used for materials, sails and rigging, and use of the Shiverick Boatshop at the Jones River Landing in Kingston. The project will take about two years to complete, but funds are needed now for materials to get it started!

Our boat, once complete will live here on the Jones River. Not only will it be a symbol of the long tradition of working water craft and all the trades necessary to put a boat like this together, but it will be a practical object, used to teach adults sailing, demonstrate lobster fishing of a bygone era, and bring groups of young people together to learn the skills of rowing, sailing and teamwork.

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Update 1
Posted by Karen Vale
1 month ago
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The Mass Bay Maritime Artisans (MBMA) have certainly been busy over the past couple months! In addition to gathering materials for the Kingston Lobster Boat, they have also been working hard to finish some other lingering projects in order to make more space for the Kingston Lobster Boat (and some of these projects may provide a bit more funding toward the Lobster Boat too!).

For instance, MBMA is almost done fixing up an old 20-ft. cedar canoe and is working to rebuild a 1964 Beetle Cat, including replacing the stem, frames, keel, centerboard, and ribs. These projects are great learning opportunities for other projects, including the Kingston Lobster Boat!

As mentioned, the MBMA team has been getting materials and are in the planning stages for the Kingston Lobster Boat. They are in the process of securing materials for the keel. They also managed to track down a piece of wood with a single, solid curve needed for the stem of the boat. The wood is at New England Navel Timbers in Connecticut, and one of the MBMA members is heading there soon to pick it up. Stems oftentimes need to be made with multiple pieces of wood due to the curve – so, finding a single, solid piece is a great find!

All the molds for the Kingston Lobster Boat are now made too. This is an important step because this is the basis for the entire boat.

The project T-shirts are in the process of being made. We will be in touch very soon about how you can get yours!

Since the Kingston Lobster Boat effort began, five new people have joined the effort. The group is still meeting on Wednesday evenings (6pm) and on Friday afternoons (12pm) at the Jones River Landing in Kingston (55 Landing Road). All are welcome to come by to help, or just to learn more.

Thanks for your support, and stay tuned for more updates!
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$1,000 of $30k goal

Raised by 18 people in 4 months
Created December 6, 2016
Karen Vale-Vasilev  
on behalf of Pine duBois
BS
$120
Ben Souther
14 days ago

Need to see 4 figures.

$20
Anonymous
24 days ago
BS
$100
Ben Souther
1 month ago
DS
$50
David Scott
3 months ago

Wonderful project. Wish I lived close enough to work with you.

JM
$100
John Millett
3 months ago
SW
$75
Steve Woll
4 months ago
JW
$50
John Wheble
4 months ago
$5
Georgi Vasilev
4 months ago
MW
$50
Matthew Wheble
4 months ago
DC
$25
Donna Chale
4 months ago

Wishing you good luck on this project!

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